Michael Hyatt Puts Up Another Winner!

I just had to link to this post by Michael Hyatt.

It’s called Don’t Quit Before The Whistle Blows

I encourage you to read the whole post but it’s about how we respond to setbacks and the bottom line is how we respond says at least 3 things about us:

  1. Our response builds our character. Very often in those moments where we are tempted to bail, our character is a stake. Character isn’t fixed. As Oscar Wilde said, it’s made and unmade by our decisions.When we push through difficulty and see things to the end, we’re developing our character in a positive way. When the urge to walk off the field comes—and it will—ask yourself what kind of person you want to be.
  2. Our response tests our true abilities. Whatever we think about ourselves or the future, if we walk off the track, we never really know what we’re capable of or what was truly possible.Kampf could have finished without giving it her all, and no one probably would have noticed—except her. Instead, she marshaled her strength and found out what her true potential was.

    And it surprised her. “That last 50 meters, I hit a gear that I never knew I had,” she said. A setback can bring out our best if we’ll play full out regardless.

  3. Our response impacts others. Kampf wasn’t just running for herself. She was running for her team, for her school, for her family and community. The impact of her decision was far-reaching—even down to us discussing it today.There’s something at stake in every decision to stay in the game that goes well beyond ourselves. Quitting not only robs ourselves of needed character development and a deeper understanding of ourselves, it has an immeasurable impact on those around us.

Thanks to Michael Hyatt for this great Saturday piece.



Wednesday Wisdom – What is Beautiful?

tumblr_mqu62cQwGt1qitvdso1_400I couldn’t resist posting this today. As you know I’m training for this really long run in July in Tennessee and I’m in one of those “discouraged” sections of the training. When you couple that with the fatigue, it doesn’t make for a pretty picture.

But when I got up this morning I had an email from one of the people who has been most supportive to me on this endeavor. So I had to write about this. Although this person is also “beautiful” on the outside, the most important beauty is internal. Just a supportive email, a text, a phone call – think about what you can do to help others feel good today.

I should save this for a Momentum Monday but I just had to remind everyone that the beauty is deep within.

I also remind you that what you do for others may never be shown to you. But it’s important. To say a word, just to acknowledge them – call them by their name – you never know when that will make a significant difference in how they feel. You hear stories all the time about how such a small action will prevent someone from carrying out a suicidal plan they had.

I read once about someone who waved at everyone and when asked why, he said that he  had once met someone who told him that had he not spoken to him, he would have killed himself. So now, he waved to everyone “just in case”.

Who has touched you today and more importantly, who can you touch? Let us know in the comment box.